|Statement by Ambassador Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Debate on the Situation in Somalia|
I welcome you here today, Madam President, to preside over this meeting. I would like to thank Under-Secretary-General Lynn Pascoe; African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra; His Excellency Mr. Moses Wetangula, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kenya; and His Excellency Mr. Crispus Kiyonga, Minister of Defence of Uganda for their statements. I also welcome the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan at our meeting today.
There has been some progress in the current situation in Somalia. All parties in Somalia are continuing their efforts to implement the road map for the end of the transition. They have also taken important steps in drafting a constitution and reforming the Parliament. Somalia's security forces and the military operations of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) continue to produce significant results. The areas under Al-Shabaab control continue to diminish in size. The international community has paid greater attention and made greater inputs into the situation in Somalia. We now face a rare historic window of opportunity to address the question of Somalia. At the same time, we should also be aware of the serious challenges facing Somalia in the political, security and humanitarian spheres. Effectively implementing the road map is key to lasting peace and stability in Somalia. All parties concerned in Somalia should take advantage of the current favourable opportunity by fully implementing the road map and concluding the transition on schedule. The international community should also provide greater support to Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The TFG should maintain its internal unity, which is important in order to ensure peace and stability in the country.
China has noted that the Transitional Federal Parliament is facing a number of serious internal differences. We hope that all parties concerned can strengthen their communication and mutual trust, addressing their differences through dialogue so as to avert any unnecessary disruption in the peace process in Somalia.
China welcomes the achievements registered by the Somali security forces and AMISOM in their military operations. China appreciates the contributions made by the United Nations, the African Union, other international and regional organizations and the Governments of Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. We hope that Somalia's TFG can take effective measures to bring about peace and stability in the area under its control. The African Union is playing a crucial role in addressing Somalia's problems. The United Nations should attach great importance to its requests and recommendations.
The AU recently adopted a strategic concept for the future operations of AMISOM that calls for an increase in its troop strength, an expansion of its areas of responsibility and an increase in United Nations logistical support, which will help to promote peace and stability in Somalia. China welcomes those recommendations and hopes that the Security Council will respond positively to them.
China remains concerned at the serious humanitarian situation in Somalia. We appreciate the relief efforts undertaken by the international humanitarian organizations operating there and urge all parties concerned fully to cooperate with the international community in that respect. We call upon the international community to continue to provide Somalia with more effective support.